GS Paper I- Indian Heritage and Culture.

India’s First Olympic Swimmer Shamsher Khan Passes Away.

Background-

  • India’s first Olympic swimmer Shamsher Khan passed away in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district on 15th October, 2017, following prolonged illness. He was 87 and survived by three daughters and two sons.
  • Khan, who had represented India in 1956 Melbourne Olympics, breathed his last at his house in Islampur, a small village near Repalle in Guntur.
  • The last rites was performed in Islampur on 16th October, 2017.

 

Highlights Of The Development–

  • According to family members, Khan, who was ailing for sometime, complained of chest pain but died before he could be taken to hospital.
  • A forgotten sports hero, he was the first swimmer to represent India in Olympics. He narrowly missed a medal, finishing fourth in 200 meter butterfly and breaststroke events in Melbourne Games.
  • Khan, who created national record in the butterfly event, had learnt swimming after joining the Army in 1946. He took part in the 1962 war against China and the 1971 war against Pakistan.
  • After serving for 24 years, he retired in 1973 as subedar (JCO). He lived his last years in poverty.
  • Khan had suffered stroke in 2010 but was finding difficult to meet expenses even for his medication. He lamented on many occasions that the government neither recognized his contribution nor provided any financial assistance.
  • Leader of Opposition Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy expressed grief over death of Shamsher Khan and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family.

Sources- Business-Standard.

 

GS Paper II- International Relations.

India, Japan Ink Pact On Tech Training Co-Operation.

Background

  • India and Japan have signed a memorandum of cooperation on Technical Intern Training Programme (TITP) on 17th October, 2017.
  • The pact will pave the way for sending Indian technical interns to Japan for on-the-job training for a period of three to five years, Govt said.
  • As per Japan’s data for end-2016, about 2,30,000 technical intern trainees from multiple countries are on training in Japan.

Highlights Of The Development-

  • The cooperation was concluded on 17th October, 2017 by Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Japanese Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare Katsunobu Kato in Tokyo.
  • The memorandum on TITP is expected to significantly expand the bilateral cooperation between India and Japan in the field of skill development.
  • India is the third country with which Japan has signed this cooperation.
  • Ambassador of India to Japan Sujan R Chinoy stated that there is scope for India to enhance its participation in Japan’s technical intern training programme.
  • The programme provides a platform through which complementary strengths of India and Japan could be leveraged for mutual benefit.
  • The technical interns trained in Japan under the TITP would be an asset for the Skill India initiative upon their return to India, the statement said.
  • During the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Japan in November 2016, India and Japan had concluded a memorandum of cooperation on skill development under the Manufacturing Skill Transfer Promotion Programme.
  • This programme aims to train 30,000 persons over next 10 years with Japanese style manufacturing skills and practices.

Sources- The Hindu Business Line.

GS Paper III- Technology.

US To Provide EMALS Technology To India For Aircraft Carriers.

Background

  • The US will provide the crucial Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) for the Indian Navy’s future aircraft carrier, the Trump administration has informed India.
  • This gesture ahead of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to India is another indication of the strategic alliance US wants to foster with India.
  • A formal date for Tillerson’s visit has not been announced yet.

Highlights Of The Development-

  • India had sent a letter of request to the US government during the Obama administration for the Electromagnetic Launch System (EMLAS) built by General Atomics for aircraft carrier planned by the Indian Navy.
  • The Indian Navy plans to integrate the US-made EMALS catapults into its future supercarriers.
  • Due to its flexible architecture, EMALS can launch a wide variety of aircraft weights and can be used on a variety of platforms with differing catapult configurations.
  • The Trump administration sent a response to India on 16th October, 2017 about its decision to release this technology.
  • Aerospace expert Dr Vivek Lall, chief executive, US and International Strategic Development, of General Atomics had told earlier that General Atomics is planning to open an office in Delhi to support the Indian government’s military requirements.
  • Last month, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis visited India and decided to step up military-to military cooperation.
  • The latest move comes after an endorsement by the Trump administration of the designation of India as a major defence partner by the previous Obama administration last year (2016).

Sources- The Times Of India.